Ulverstone’s CBD is about to be a smoke-free zone and the Central Coast Council is inviting residents to come along on 1 November to celebrate the landmark occasion.
It will be the first complete shopping strip in Tasmania, and only the second in Australia, to become smoke-free.
The historic initiative will make visiting the CBD a much healthier and sweeter-smelling experience, not only for shoppers and tourists, but retail staff as well.
The smoke-free designation will apply to all of Reibey Street; King Edward Street between Reibey Street and Patrick Street; and Alexandra Road between Reibey Street and Main Street.
To mark the smoke-free zone coming into effect there will be a community gathering in Apex Park between 11am and 1pm on Thursday 1 November.
It will feature a free sausage sizzle and the Cancer Council of Tasmania will have its Quit Team on hand to offer support to anyone wanting to stop smoking.
The initiative builds on current State legislation which bans smoking in enclosed spaces and workplaces; at sporting venues and near children’s playgrounds; and at outdoor dining places or near entrances to restaurants.
The Council’s decision follows a series of workshops and a survey of business operators who agreed that smoking should be discouraged in the CBD.
From 1 November new signage and the removal of infrastructure such as cigarette butt bins will remind everyone that the commercial heart of Ulverstone is smoke-free.
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